Braxton Miller

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Braxton Miller
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Miller with the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2013
No. 13 – Houston Texans
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1992-11-30) November 30, 1992 (age 24)
Springfield, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Huber Heights (OH) Wayne
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 3 / Pick: 85
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2017
Receptions: 22
Receiving yards: 133
Receiving touchdowns: 2
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Braxton Marcellus Miller (born November 30, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Ohio State Buckeyes and was their starting quarterback from 2011 to 2013, before being moved to the wide receiver position in 2015.

High school career[edit]

Miller moved from Springfield, Ohio to attend Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio before his freshman year.[6] While there, he was named a Mr. Football Award Finalist, and also competed in the UnderArmour All-American Game. He was also a letterman in basketball and track, where he went to district and regional meet in the 4 × 100 m relay, with a best of 43.68 seconds.[7]


Miller committed to Ohio State on June 3, 2010. Miller also had scholarship offers from Alabama, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Southern California, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.[8] It was rumored that Miller's friendship with another five-star recruit from Springfield, Ohio, Trey DePriest, would result in DePreist attending Ohio State as well. Instead, DePreist chose to attend Alabama.[9]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Braxton Miller
Huber Heights, Ohio Wayne High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.46 Jun 3, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 2 (QB)   Rivals: 1 (QB), 1 (OH)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

2011 season[edit]

Miller began the 2011 season as the backup to Joe Bauserman,[10] but saw action in the season opening game against Akron, where he completed 8 of 12 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.[11] Miller did not play in the second game of the season, against Toledo, due to a coaching decision, by interim head coach Luke Fickell.[12] Miller played very little in the third game of the season against Miami. Miller was named the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes' week 4 game against Colorado.[13] His first career start turned out to be the best performance of his young career, as he tossed two touchdown passes, while going just 5 for 13 for 83 yards in the game. He was also able to run for 83 yards in the game.[14] His second career start proved to not be so successful, as the Buckeyes lost 7–10 against Michigan State.[15] For the game, Miller completed only 5 of 10 passes for 56 yards with an interception. He also was sacked several times resulting in −27 yards rushing.[16] In his third start against Nebraska, Miller completed 5 of 9 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown,[17] before leaving the game with an ankle injury in the 3rd quarter.[18] The Buckeyes had built a 27–6 lead with Miller playing, but they went on to lose the game 34–27, with Bauserman leading the offense for the rest of the game.[19] The following week, the Buckeyes defeated No. 16 Illinois, 17–7.[20] Illinois was 6–0 coming into the contest, but could not stop the Buckeyes' ground game, as they ran for 211 yards, with Miller accounting for 34 of those yards. Miller only attempted four passes the entire game, completing only one, which was for a touchdown.[21] After their bye week Ohio State faced off against No. 15 Wisconsin and won on a last minute 40 yard touchdown pass by Miller. He was 7 of 12 for the game with one touchdown and had 99 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.[22] After the season, Miller became the seventh Ohio State player to take home the conference’s Freshman of the Year accolade. He also won the 2011 CFPA National Freshman Trophy.[23] He finished the regular season ranked among the conference’s top 10 in total offense with 11 passing and seven rushing touchdowns to go with 1,692 total yards.[24]

2012 season[edit]

As a sophomore in 2012, Miller passed for 2,039 yards and 15 passing touchdowns with 1,271 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. He helped lead the Buckeyes to an undefeated 12-0 record and was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in recognition of his successful season.

2013 season[edit]

As a junior in 2013, Miller had 2,094 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, 1,068 rushing yards, and 12 rushing touchdowns. He was once again named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.[25] The Buckeyes started the season 12-0. However, they lost their final two games; the Big Ten Championship and 2014 Orange Bowl.

2014 season[edit]

Miller missed the 2014 season due to a shoulder injury sustained in practice and took a medical redshirt.[26]

2015 season[edit]

Entering his redshirt senior year in 2015, Miller competed with Cardale Jones and J. T. Barrett to regain the starting quarterback job.[27] With Jones and Barrett leading the competition, Miller announced in July that he would switch positions to wide receiver.[28] In the opening game of the 2015 season, he scored a rushing and receiving touchdown in Ohio State's 42–24 victory over Virginia Tech. He finished the season with 26 receptions for 341 yards, three receiving touchdowns, 260 rushing yards, and one rushing touchdown.

Passing Rushing Receiving
Season Team GP Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD INT Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD
2011 Ohio State 12 138.4 157 85 54.1 1,159 13 4 159 715 7 0 0 0
2012 Ohio State 12 140.5 254 148 58.3 2,039 15 6 227 1,271 13 0 0 0
2013 Ohio State 12 158.1 255 162 63.5 2,094 24 7 171 1,068 12 0 0 0
2014 Ohio State 0 Redshirt Redshirted due to injury [29]
2015 Ohio State 13 1 1 100.0 3 0 0 42 260 1 26 341 3
Totals 49 145.6 667 396 58.6 5,295 52 17 603 3,314 33 26 341 3

Professional career[edit]

At the NFL scouting combine, Miller was a top three performer in the 3-cone drill, the 20-yard shuttle, and the 60-yard shuttle. Miller was projected by many analysts and scouts to be a second or third round pick. He was ranked the ninth best wide receiver out of the 414 available by[30]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
201 lb
(91 kg)
31 34 in
(0.81 m)
9 18 in
(0.23 m)
4.43 s 1.54 s 2.56 s 4.07 s 6.65 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
17 reps
All values from NFL Combine except 40-yard dash from Pro Day[31]

The Houston Texans selected Miller in the third round (85th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

On May 26, 2016, the Texans signed Miller to a four-year, $3.11 million contract with a signing bonus of $709,103.[32]

He entered training camp competing with Jaelen Strong, Cecil Shorts, Keith Mumphery, Will Fuller, Wendell Williams, and Quenton Bundrage to be one of the Texans' starting wide receivers.[33] Miller was named the Texans's third wide receiver on their depth chart behind DeAndre Hopkins and fellow rookie Fuller.[34]

He made his professional regular season debut as a starting wide receiver in the Texans' season opener and caught his first career reception on a six-yard pass from Brock Osweiler. It was his only catch of the game, as the Texans defeated the Chicago Bears 23–14.[35] The following week, he had his first career carry for negative two yards against the Kansas City Chiefs. On November 21, 2016, Miller caught his first career touchdown on a 12-yard pass from Osweiler in a 20–27 loss to the Oakland Raiders. He finished the game with a season-high five receptions for 25 receiving yards and a touchdown.[36] In Week 13, against the Green Bay Packers, he left midway through the game after he suffered a shoulder injury while attempting to catch a pass from Osweiler.[37] On December 13, 2016, the Texans placed him on injured reserve.[38]

He finished his rookie season with 15 receptions for 99 receiving yards and a touchdown in ten games and six starts.[36]


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  2. ^ Ohio State's Miller Claims Wins Second Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year Award. Big Ten Conference. (2013-12-03). Retrieved on 2013-13-03.
  3. ^ Big Ten Announces 2012 All-Big Ten Teams and Select Individual Award Winners. Big Ten Conference. (2012-11-26). Retrieved on 2012-11-26.
  4. ^ Big Ten announces 2013 All-Big Ten teams and select individual awards. Big Ten Conference. (2013-12-02). Retrieved on 2013-12-02.
  5. ^ – Miller named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. (2011-11-26). Retrieved on 2012-10-28.
  6. ^ "Best of the Midwest: OSU's Braxton Miller the next Terrelle Pryor?". Detroit Free Press. 
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  9. ^ Tim Bielik. "Ohio State Recruiting: Why Braxton Miller Is a Must-Get For Jim Tressel". Bleacher Report. 
  10. ^ "Buckeyes go with experience at QB". Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  11. ^ "Akron Zips vs. Ohio State Buckeyes – Box Score". Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  12. ^ "Braxton Miller sits in OSU's victory against Toledo". Archived from the original on September 26, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Freshman Braxton Miller to start for Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Colorado Buffalos". Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  14. ^ "Colorado Buffaloes vs. Ohio State Buckeyes – Box Score". Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  15. ^ "Michigan State's D toys with Ohio State, rides 4th-quarter FG to win". Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  16. ^ "Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes – Box Score". Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  17. ^ "Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers – Box Score". Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  18. ^ "Braxton Miller's injury a shock Ohio State couldn't absorb?". Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  19. ^ "Taylor Martinez caps Huskers' biggest comeback in win over Buckeyes". Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  20. ^ Lai, Jerry (October 16, 2011). "Ohio State bounces back, upsets Illinois". Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
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  22. ^ "Wisconsin Badgers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes – Box Score". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  23. ^ "Ohio State Buckeyes Official Athletic Site – Football". 
  24. ^ "Big Ten Announces Top Honors of 2011 Football Season". Big Ten Conference. November 30, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Ohio State's Braxton Miller named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year for second consecutive season". 
  26. ^ "Ohio State QB Miller out for season". 
  27. ^ "Urban Meyer says Braxton Miller returning, competing for starting QB". May 29, 2015. 
  28. ^ Thamel, Pete (July 23, 2015). "Ohio State's Braxton Miller will change positions from QB to wide receiver". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  29. ^ "BRAXTON MILLER TO TAKE RED-SHIRT, RETURN FOR 2015 SEASON". Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Braxton Miller, DS #9 WR, Ohio State: 2016 NFL Draft". Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  31. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Braxton Miller". 
  32. ^ " Braxton Miller contract". Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  33. ^ " Houston Texan's Depth Chart: 8/29/2016". Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  34. ^ " Houston Texan's Depth Chart: 9/29/2016". Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  35. ^ Wilson, Aaron. "Texans' Braxton Miller learning on the job". Chron. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  36. ^ a b "NFL Player Profile: Braxton Miller". Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  37. ^ Sarah Barshop (December 13, 2016). "Texans place rookie WR Braxton Miller on IR with a shoulder injury". Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  38. ^ "Texans place Braxton Miller on reserve/injured". December 13, 2016. 

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